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Listening to God's Voice and Finding Your Own: An Interview with Sandi Patty


As one who endured sexual abuse as a child, divorce after marital infidelity, and a constant battle with negative self-image, music icon and 5-time Grammy winner and 40-time Dove Award winner Sandi Patty reveals in her new book how she found her voice within the context of God’s design for her life and helps others do the same. Bible Gateway interviewed Sandi Patty about her book, The Voice: Listening for God's Voice and Finding Your Own (Zondervan, 2018).

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The Apostle Paul's Final 12 Hours: An Interview with Brent Crowe


In the biblical letter of 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul reflected on his passing life, saying, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." What would it be like to creatively peel back the curtain of Paul's final 12 hours of his time on earth? What could we learn about living life with purpose, redeeming the time, and embracing the mysterious reality that we, too, are on a sacred journey? Bible Gateway interviewed Brent Crowe about his book, Moments 'til Midnight: The Final Thoughts of a Wandering Pilgrim (B&H Books, 2018).

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Bible Verses for the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church


The International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is a time set apart to remember millions of Christians around the world who face persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ.

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Quiz: What Does the Bible Say About Thanksgiving?


The Bible tells us to be humble and show gratitude to God for his goodness and love. In this blog post are a few examples in Scripture of people giving thanks. Also included is a brief quiz to test your knowledge of thanksgiving details in the Bible.



Discover the CSB Baker Illustrated Study Bible


The CSB Baker Illustrated Study Bible (Baker Books, 2018) is designed to both satisfy your hunger and increase your appetite for God’s Word. By pairing the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation text with extensive notes, illustrations, maps, and articles from leading evangelical scholars, this full-color study Bible will help you understand the Scriptures and the world in which they were written as never before.

Mark your calendar: International Day of the Bible (#BibleCelebration) is Nov. 18, 2018.

The Purpose of Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving has been hijacked. It has not only lost its meaning, but it’s been so far removed from its original purpose that most Americans have no connection to its beginnings. So says Jay Milbrandt, author of They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims (Thomas Nelson, 2017).

How to Live the Bible — Jesus, Our Teacher


In this 45th lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz says, “Jesus is widely considered the greatest teacher of all time. But we will only understand him if we consider the setting and context in which he taught. This lesson will help you comprehend the forms of Jesus’ teaching and the main themes of his teaching....” If you want to know how to live the Bible every day, read this installment of his series on our Blog and encourage your friends and followers to receive it by email.

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The Believer’s Bible Commentary, Newest Addition to Bible Gateway Plus


There’s a brand-new title in the Bible Gateway Plus library—the Believer’s Bible Commentary (Thomas Nelson). This commentary tackles difficult passages head-on using a balanced approach. It offers a concise, yet thorough set of passage notes that cover every verse of the Bible, which you can open in Bible Gateway right alongside the passages you’re reading.

Quiz: Do You Know the Sounds of the Bible?


When you read the Bible what do you hear? Can you identify the sounds in specific Bible passages? Take this brief 6-question Bible quiz to find out and share with your friends!

How Friendship Helped a Follower of Islam See the Truth About Jesus


How does a committed and passionate follower of Islam reconsider his faith and become an outspoken apologist for Christianity? This is a story of being introduced to Jesus through friendships, investigations, dreams, and visions. What follows is a conversation between the late Nabeel Qureshi, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (Third Edition) (Zondervan, 2018)—the first book to win ECPA Christian Book Awards® in both New Author and Non-Fiction categories—and his friend David Wood, who led Nabeel to consider the veracity of the claims of Jesus Christ.

Billy Graham: 1918 — 2018


November 7, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of Billy Graham's birth. Read what Bible translations he read, what his favorite Bible verses were, what's written on his gravestone, and more.


Also read the Bible Gateway Blog post, A Billy Graham Crusade Snapshot.

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During November: Be Inspired by Biblical Stories of Gratitude


The Thanksgiving holiday serves as a reminder for us to give thanks to our Creator. Many of us find it easier to focus on aspects of the holiday’s stress. But the Bible has radical advice for anyone who wants to live differently. To help you be a student of gratitude over the course of this season, Bible Gateway offers you the free Give Thanks email devotional.


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Enter Bible Gateway's 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for November


Enter every month! This month enter for your chance to win the NIV Thinline Large Comfort Print Heritage Bible, Premium Leather, Black, Premier Collection (Zondervan, 2018)—which has a suggested retail value of $149.99. One winner will be selected at random.

Tell Us What Bible Gateway Means to You


We're hearing from many of you during our year-long 25th anniversary celebration, such as: "I use Bible Gateway to listen to the Word so I can absorb it while being quiet ('he who has ears to hear, let him hear’) and I love that I can easily compare different Bible versions and translations." Tell us what Bible Gateway means to you—and tell your friends and followers by using the #MyBibleGateway hashtag to communicate the fun!

You're Invited to The Case for Christmas Free Online Bible Study with Lee Strobel


Sign up now for The Case for Christmas, the new 4-week Advent online study starting Sunday, November 26 — right after Thanksgiving — with bestselling author, apologist, and Bible teacher Lee Strobel, who says, "This is the greatest story ever told!.. Not just because it’s amazing. Not just because it blows your mind. But because it’s true! And because it’s true, it makes a difference to each one of our lives."

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Case for Christ: An Interview with Lee Strobel and these posts by Lee Stobel, Can Science Explain All the Complexities of Our World? and Would You Believe a Healing Miracle Caught on Tape?.

Spotlight: Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)


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